President-elect to focus on domestic policy in opening moves.
https://www.jpost.com/-By OMRI NAHMIAS
During his victory speech on Saturday, Biden said he will on Monday appoint a transition team of scientists that will translate his campaign plan to fight COVID-19 to an actual work plan that could be executed “on January 20, 2021.”
To allocate these funds, Biden will need to reach across the aisle and work together with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. The White House was engaged in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and McConnell to agree a stimulus package before the election, to no avail. Biden, who ran as a unifier, will have to bring the sides together – and it’s not going to be easy.
Before the election, Biden said that he will appoint a bipartisan committee to discuss a possible reform to the Supreme Court. He said that the committee would have 180 days to recommend how to make the judiciary less political. But with Senate control still up for grabs, he is unlikely to accomplish any such reform, unless the double Senate runoff in Georgia in January falls on the Democratic side.
The president-elect also vowed during the campaign to reverse US President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and to increase tax for those who earn more than $400,000 a year. Republicans are not likely to cooperate with this plan.
Biden will also seek Senate confirmation for his cabinet positions and it will make the Senate runoff in Georgia a dramatic one that will shape his first two years in office.
Simone Sanders, adviser to the Biden campaign, said in an interview with CNN on Sunday that Biden “will make good on his promises at the campaign trail,” but would not specify if indeed he intends to sign all these executive orders on day one, as the reports suggested.
Whether Biden pursues these executive orders immediately after being inaugurated or not, his first weeks in office will be mainly focused on domestic policy, rather than foreign policy.